The Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response program at Spokane Regional Health District works with other public health staff, healthcare providers and community agencies to respond effectively to public health emergencies in and around Spokane County.
It is important to understand the threat and hazards to our community in order
to be prepared and recover quickly if a public health event strikes Spokane
County and surrounding areas.
The program is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and managed by Washington State Department of Health.
As we move into our summer season, we are all enjoying the beauty surrounding us outdoors. We should also be preparing to protect our outdoor spaces against wildfire. We can all help protect our property and our community by taking steps toward creating defensible spaces. A defensible space is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect a building from a wildfire and can often be created by the property owner.
For more information on preparing for wildfires go to https://www.ready.gov/wildfires
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. National studies have shown that firefighters are uniquely respected in their communities and can project a trusted voice in the public preparedness appeal. The program helps fire departments teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the wildland-urban interface (WUI) – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. It helps residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a fire starts.
More than a collection of names, phone numbers, and street addresses, an Emergency Action Plan is an instruction manual for how to stay healthy, stay informed, and stay in contact in an emergency. Because an Emergency Action Plan affects everyone in your household, the whole household should be involved in making and practicing the plan.
Find phone numbers for your physician, pediatrician, pharmacist, and veterinarian. Other important numbers you should know include:
Ask a friend or relative who lives outside of the immediate area—preferably in another state—to be your family’s Out-of-Town Contact.
Identify a shelter-in-place location inside your home, two (2) emergency meeting places outside your home where your family can reunite in an emergency, and at least two (2) ways out of every room in your home.
Update your Emergency Action Plan whenever your family moves, your child changes schools, you change jobs, have a child, or experience some other significant life event.